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Prasophyllum brevilabre (Lindl.) Hook.f.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Short-lipped Leek Orchid

Prasophyllum brevilabre (Lindl.) Hook.f. APNI*

Synonyms: Prasophyllum lutescens var. brevilabre Lindl. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb, to 48 cm high.

Leaf to 35 cm long.

Inflorescence < 35-flowered, loosely spaced. Flowers greenish with red markings or dark purplish green (but labellum always white), scent rarely noticed. Dorsal sepal ovate to broad-lanceolate, to 8 mm long. Lateral sepals to 10 mm long, usually joined almost to tips but sometimes joined only at base (free and joined flowers found on the same inflorescence). Lateral petals to 8 mm long, linear to lanceolate, sometimes sickle-shaped. Labellum to 10 mm long and 3 mm wide, spathulate, sharply reflexed, margins crisped and undulating. Callus plate greenish, oblong, with a deep but narrow central channel, and not extending much further than the sudden bend in the lamina. Column wings lanceolate; rostellum almost as high as wings.

Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: July–January, most profusely after fire.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of habitats from coastal heath through woodland and forest to subalpine areas; west to Kaputar N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by P. Bernhardt & R. R. Rowe
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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